The Man with the rubber head is a French film directed by Georges Méliès , released in 1901 .
In a laboratory, a man in a white coat sets a cut-off head on a table that looks like his own like two drops of water. Connecting it to a rubber hose, itself connected to a bellows, in a few strokes, it inflates and deflate. He calls his assistant to handle the inflatable head; it makes it swell so much that in the end it explodes. Continue reading
History of a Crime (sometimes called The Story of a Crime 1 ) is a French film directed by Ferdinand Zecca , released in 1901 .
Entering the night in a bank, a burglar stabs the cashier-guardian. He is arrested in the company of courtesans as he squanders the stolen money. At the morgue, in front of the corpse of the cashier, he falls on his knees and asks for forgiveness. In his cell, he sleeps on a bedstead and three important memories of his life appear successively on the wall: 1 / Still child, his mother accompanies him in the paternal carpentry where his father embraces him affectionately. 2 / Teenager, apprentice, he takes a seat at the family table after kissing his parents. 3 / Adult, he loses his salary in a café by playing cards with a cheater. Furious at his luck, he sees a man come in ordering a liquor, showing off to pay for a well stocked purse. The future assassin follows suit when he leaves. The flashback fades on the wall. The door of the cell then opens, leaving a priest and five men in frock-coat, looking stern, waking the prisoner and going out with him. He is tied up, his hair shaved on his neck, his shirt open, exhorted by the priest who brandishes a crucifix. Taken to a courtyard where the woods of the guillotine stand, he is executed2 . Continue reading
The Cuban War and the Explosion of Maine in Havana is a French film directed by Georges Méliès , released in 1898 .
Reconstructed, using models, the explosion of the USS Maine battleship in Havana ( Cuba ), February 15, 1898. Continue reading
Les Forgerons is a French film directed by Louis Lumière in 1895 .
This “animated photographic view”, as well as the Lumière brothers named their impressed bobineaux, is one of the 10 films shown at the Salon Salon du Grand Café from 28 December 1895 . Continue reading
Faneurs is a French filmdirected by Louis Lumière , released in 1897 . “Louis Lumière knew instinctively that the most logical and elegant way of filming a moving vehicle, or a galloping horse, or a regiment of proud soldiers marching past, or a team of tedders handling the rake, was to cautiously stand on the side and frame the three-quarter subject, inscribing its displacement in a “vanishing line” 1 , which is called the diagonal of the field . Continue reading
The Sneezing Fred Ott ( Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze or Fred Ott’s Sneeze ) is a film American directed in 1894 by William KL Dickson , with Fred Ott .
Produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company (also named in 1890: Studios Edison ), under the direction of William KL Dickson , the first director in history and one of the great pioneers of cinema , the film was shot in inside the Black Maria at Orange in New Jersey , who was the first movie studio to be built. Continue reading
Retreating a lady at the Robert-Houdin theater , made in 1896 by Georges Méliès , is the first film in the history of French cinema using special effects . This film is a transposition of the most famous illusion buatier de kolta called The Vanishing Lady ( La Femme evanescent ), the most imitated scene feat in the years 1880 1 . It was shot in the very premises of the Robert-Houdin theater, owned by Méliès. Continue reading
Dickson Greeting ( Dickson’s Salvation) is anAmerican filmdirected byWilliam Kennedy Laurie Dicksonreleased in1891. It is considered by somehistoriansas the firstfilmin thehistory of cinemaand by others as still part ofprecinema. Continue reading
Déshabillage impossible is a film directed by Georges Méliès , released in 1900 .
Before going to bed, a man undresses, but new clothes appear as soon as the old ones are removed. In the end, wanting to go despite everything in his bed, it disappears. Continue reading
Demolition of a Wall is a French film directed by Louis Lumière , released in 1896 1 .
The film shows a group of workers demolishing a wall that in the end collapses. Continue reading